Considered a wardrobe staple, the classic French origin Breton top is nautical-inspired with typically blue and white stripes. The simple and repetitive pattern, defined as 'a long narrow band or strip differing in colour or texture from the surface on either side of it' is universal in its appeal.
Since Coco Chanel put nautical stripes at the forefront of fashion, designers have added their own unique take on the pattern. Italian fashion house Missoni who worked the traditional stripe into bold knitted pieces. French designer Sonia Rykiel has been sending stripes down the catwalk since the 1960s, with her signature boldly coloured stripes contrasting with black that still continue to dominate the brand's collections today. Paul Smith and Jean Paul Gaultier are examples of how stripes have sustained and developed into a brand's visual identity. Paul Smith's composition of multicoloured, horizontal stripes are as recognisable as the company name itself, and have been worked into everything from cufflinks to suit linings, and socks to even a Mini car (below). Gaultier indulged into all things nautical and made the Breton a mainstay of his work.
Today, stripes have earned their place as something far more than a wardrobe staple, they are a foundation garment that can slot into any trend and bre worn by any age or gender. They can be cheap and cheerful or on the opposite end, investment-worthy and essential wardrobe piece. Despite the French connotations fading, stripes remain one of the most enduring and accessible patterns around.
Season after season, you will continuously come across a designer that will somehow adapt and work the iconic pattern into their collections. This SS17 season, we have seen the likes of Self Portrait, Proenza Schouler and Mulberry, to name a few, that have showcased their own take on the catwalk. As we are bringing in the new Spring/Summer season into Cloudo Kids, we have noticed an array of striped styles and we have chosen our favourites below. From vertical stripes at Il Gufo and Mini Rodini, to wavy stripes at Fendi - all have their own innovative take on this classic pattern - which is your favourite?
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